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Germans in Maoriland?

Two programmes

(2) Classical Musicians

With around 10,000 Germans settling in New Zealand between the early 1840s and the start of World War I, Germans formed the second largest immigrant group after the British. Reading this fact can't help make us wonder whether some of these Germans might have played an important role in New Zealand's early musical history, as they did in England at the same time. Musicologist Samantha Owens sets about investigating (RNZ)

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  • Germans in Maoriland? (2) Classical Musicians ( 56′ 59″ )

    There were significant numbers of Germans working as musicians and living here in New Zealand during the 19th century until 1914. Samantha Owens introduces us to a handful of these German immigrants who were indeed contributing to this country's youthful classical music scene.

    From Appointment on 31 Jul 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits - Igor Stravinsky ( 40′ 43″ )

    Just over a hundred years ago Igor Stravinsky attended the premieres of his controversial ballets The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring when they were performed to Paris audiences. And a little over 50 years ago he came to New Zealand and conducted our National Orchestra in two memorable performances, including music from The Firebird. Stravinsky is the focus of this portrait by John Amis recorded in 1981 (RNZ.

    From Appointment on 30 Jul 2014

  • Germans in Maoriland? (1) The Jolly German Band ( 50′ 54″ )

    German bands hit the world in their thousands during the 19th century and, as if there was something in the water, they all seemed to come from the same small area in Germany. Although forgotten today, German bands were frequent visitors to New Zealand's shores too, from the 1850s right up until the outbreak of World War I. Musicologist Samantha Owens and Shelley Wilkinson introduce us to some of these touring visitors and follow them around New Zealand.

    From Appointment on 24 Jul 2014

  • John Amis Composer Portraits - Percy Grainger ( 48′ 30″ )

    John Amis looks at the colourful and sometimes eccentric Percy Grainger, a world famous pianist, teacher and writer, who today is known mainly for his folk song arrangements. Recorded in 1981 (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 23 Jul 2014

  • Roger Flury ( 58′ 50″ )

    Just before returning to the UK after 40 years in New Zealand, Roger Flury (music librarian, historian and broadcaster) spoke with Des Wilson (RNZ).

    From Appointment on 17 Jul 2014

  • The Rite of Spring and its Polynesian Ancestry ( 46′ 27″ )

    Imagine The Rite of Spring composed as a haka, and a challenge, to the peers and audiences of its composer, Igor Stravinsky. We continue our celebration of The Rite of Spring's centenary with New Zealand author and musicologist Robin Maconie who brings a uniquely New Zealand perspective on Stravinsky's most famous work.

    From Appointment on 16 Jul 2014

  • Tristan and Isolde ( 53′ 53″ )

    Erica Challis takes us through Wagner's great opera ahead of the Auckland Philharmonia's concert performance on Saturday July 19 (RNZ)

    From Appointment on 10 Jul 2014